Consequences of Fear: A Maisie Dobbs Novel
Harper, 2021 (2021)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
he Consequences of Fear
The American Agent
as the sixteenth in Jacqueline Winspear's long-running series starring resourceful psychologist/investigator Maisie Dobbs. She was mentored as a teen by private investigator Maurice Blanche, who taught her to use her considerable intellect. Maisie attended Cambridge for one year but interrupted her education to nurse in France after the outbreak of war. There she fell in love with Simon Lynch, a young doctor who was left in a coma by a shell blast and eventually died. Now she's seeing American diplomat Mark Scott.
his episode begins in October 1941 and follows young Freddie Hackett, a government message runner who witnesses a murder from hiding, but then finds that the recipient of his last delivery is that very same scarred killer. Having previously met Maisie, Freddie asks for her help. Maisie has come a long way since her earlier wartime exploits. Now she works for the Special Operations Executive, assessing young woman as candidates to work with the French resistance. The latest batch includes two whom she knows well - Pascalle, her best friend Priscilla's niece; and Elinor, once Priscilla's sons' nanny.
hen all goes awry with their mission in France, Maisie is devastated and anxious for news. She researches the history and work of Free French agents, and eventually links it to the earlier murder - and she keeps Freddie and his family safe. This episode ends on a major new development in the series - as well as news of Pearl Harbor, a game changer in the war.
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